Recovery Toolbox for PDF (Download) is intended for recovering damaged and unrecognized *.pdf files. This document format is extremely popular both online and offline, and is often used for storing important information. Recovery Toolbox for PDF can recover the following:
Recovery of a *.pdf file is carried out in several stages:
To learn more about the program, you can download the trial version that has all the document analysis features of the full version, but only saves the first page of the document. The rest of the pages will have the word DEMO written across them.
Right after Recovery Toolbox for PDF is started, you will see a pdf file selection window. You can choose the necessary file in one of the following ways:
Once you have chosen a file to be recovered, it is recommended to check and modify the program's recovery settings. The settings window can be opened by the Tools | Options command. The program settings of Recovery Toolbox for PDF are described in chapter 2.
There is a button labeled Send a file to developers in the lower part of the screen that allows you to send a pdf file to the authors of Recovery Toolbox for PDF. You can also send a file at any time using the Tools | Send source file command.
Once you have chosen a document and configured its recovery parameters, press the Analyze button at the bottom of the program window. The analysis process is described in chapter 3.
If the program is unable to find the document at the specified location, you will see the following message: Please select an existing file to recover. In this case, the program will not proceed to the next step.
The program settings dialog allows you to specify the default recovery parameters. These parameters are needed if the source pdf file does not contain any information about page sizes and orientation.
Setting the default page size in Recovery Toolbox for PDF is an optional step. The program settings dialog can be brought up using the Tools | Options command.
The program settings window contains the following sections:
If you need to restore the default settings, you can use the Set defaults button.
Once the above parameters have been set, the program saves them and uses for future recoveries (even after it is restarted).
Once you have selected a file to recover and pressed the Analyze button (see point 1), the program proceeds to the document analysis stage.
Recovery Toolbox for PDF performs the following recovery actions:
The following analysis-related information is displayed in the main part of the program window:
Once the software has finished analyzing your PDF document, it automatically proceeds to the next stage, where you can select the name and path of the output file.
This stage allows you to select the path and name of the file to be used for saving data from the damaged PDF file. The file can be selected in one of the three ways:
The main part of the window also shows the maximum amount of hard drive space the recovered file may require and the space available on the selected drive.
If necessary, you can use the Back button to go back to the file selection stage and choose another file for recovery.
To continue working with the program and proceeding to the format selection stage, press the Next button after selecting the file name and path. If the program finds a file with the same name in the destination folder, you will see the following warning message: Selected file already exists. Overwrite? If you answer Yes in the warning window, the file will be saved under the specified name. If you answer No, the program will go back to the file selection stage.
Recovery Toolbox for PDF can save recovered data from the original file in any PDF format - from 1.0 (Acrobat Reader 1.0) to 1.7 (Acrobat Reader 8.0). However, don't forget that saving a document in an older format may result in the loss or corruption of document data incompatible with this format.
You can select the format of the destination file in the Select output PDF file version: field with a dropdown list.
When the file format selection window is shown, the program automatically suggests saving the document in the format version matching that of the original document. If the source file has been damaged too badly and the software cannot detect it, it will suggest saving the file in the latest available format version (the current version of the program supports PDF 1.7, Acrobat Reader 8.0).
Compression can also be used for saving files. If you use compression, the resulting files will occupy less space on the hard drive, but the document saving process may take longer to complete. Compression can be enabled using the Enable compression checkbox.
Once you have finished configuring the format of the output file, press the Save file button at the bottom of the program screen to proceed to data recovery and saving.
The process of data recovery and saving is fully automated and does not require any user's involvement. The program performs the following actions:
The progress of each of the above processes is shown on the progress bar in the main working area of the program. Above the bar is a status line showing other process parameters (depending on the action currently performed by the program): the Saving file. message, information about the stage of document processing (Processing X of 5, where X corresponds to the current stage), the per cent value of the overall progress and so forth. Below the progress bar is a list of recovery stages with green ticks marking the completed ones. Should the saving of objects be interrupted, the Compress and save objects stage will be marked with a red tick.
Once all the recovery stages are completed, the program will automatically proceed to the recovery log.
At this stage, the program shows a text block containing a report on the current recovery session divided into sections corresponding to each of the files recovered by the program. Each section contains of the following lines:
Once you have taken a look at the recovery report, you can go back to the file selection window by pressing the Back button or stop using the program with the help of the Finish button. When the Finish button is pressed, the program will show a confirmation window with the following text: Do you want to finish recovery? If you choose Yes, the program will quit. If No is pressed, you can continue working with the report.
The program menu consists of the following items:
You can quit the program at any stage by selecting File - Exit, by pressing the Exit button in the lower right corner of the program window or by clicking the standard Close button in the window header. If you quit the program at stage 1-4, the recovery process will not finish and the recovered document will not be saved. If you used the Exit button, the program will show a confirmation window with the following text: Do you want to finish recovery? If you press Yes, the program will quit. If you press No, you can continue working with your document. If other exit methods are used (menu or the close button in the window header), the program will quit without a confirmation.
Once the recovery of a .pdf file is over at stage 7, you can quit the program by pressing the Finish button. You can also press the Back button located to the left of the Exit button at any stage (except for stage 1 when a file is selected) to go one step back and view or change any of the previously specified parameters. You can also use this button to recover a different pdf file.